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Livni’s leap

Israel's new leader Tzipi Livni could achieve a lasting peace with the Palestinians—something no man has yet accomplished. But she'll struggle to put her own house in order first

By Jo-Ann Mort   October 2008

Click here to discuss this piece at First Drafts, Prospect’s blog Less Israelis voted for Tzipi Livni to lead the Kadima party than will attend the Paul McCartney concert in Tel Aviv’s Yarkon Park this week. After pollsters had given her a double-digit lead, she only beat her nearest rival, transport minister Shaul Mofaz, by 1 per cent. Yet as leader of the majority party in Israel’s ruling coalition, Livni is now tasked with the nearly impossible job of forming the stable government that Israel so desperately needs. And she has 42 days in which to do so.

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